Last night I handed over my 2007-vintage BlackBook to my sister in law, whose IBM ThinkPad has been compromised — most probably by her kids clicking on banner ads.
Though this is the last version of Apple’s consumer portable to have FireWire (and target disk mode) built-in, it has become too cumbersome for me to cart around and has been replaced by a diminutive Asus Eee PC running Linux.
What I’ll miss:
- That it was generally a stable product, probably because I kept OS X Tiger on it and never went near Leoptard.
- (oddly enough) iSync – though not unique to this particular machine, I did store all my PIM data here. I’ve since moved on to a “cloud-based” PIM 2.0 app, but through all my trials of Nokia smartphones iSync never let me down.
And not so much:
- The heft – in this day and age, this thing was just too big to carry around comfortably. That fugly briefcase I had didn’t help much either.
- The glossy screen – it looked great in the store and terrible everywhere else.
- The fan – it seemed to kick in at full blast for no apparent reason and was annoyingly loud when it did.
- Paying an extra $200 CAD to get it in black. That was dumb.